Meg Baird of Espers + Sharon Van Etten

Thu 24th January 2008
Hare and Hounds

Polar Bear - Kings Heath
Swordfish - Birmingham City Centre

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In support of releasing her new solo album on Wichita, Meg Baird (one of the clear-toned songwriters of Philadelphian sextet Espers) will be doing a handful of dates in the UK, we are really happt to have her in Birmingham.

It is a deeply personal record that very nearly never existed for public consumption. Made up of a mix of her own original material, cover versions and a selection of traditional numbers, Dear Companion is a collection of songs that are very close to Meg’s heart. “I tucked into this collection of songs as much personal coding and shapes as I could without weighing down the branches too much. I really love these songs and take them very seriously and was just trying to do a really good job with everything I had available at that time. I wanted to make something new and worthwhile, all the while harboring a feeling that all songs have already been written.”

Fans of Espers, and newcomers alike will immediately swoon to the sound of Meg’s uniquely beautiful voice and the pluck or strum of guitar and mountain dulcimer. The passion and feeling in this record is immediately apparent and compulsive.